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The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), claims to have launched ‘Operation Humble’ aimed at crippling the economy as it did in previous times.

The militant group in a statement made available to reporters on Saturday said, “The Nigerian government has continued to pay deaf ears to our demands and the rising challenges in the country.”

It warned it would “spare no single oil installation within our range of strategic targets marked for destruction in the coming days.”

The group also vowed to clamp down on politicians who are working with the Federal Government “to undermine the Niger Delta region.

“It is disheartening that despite being the economic backbone and having resolved to maintain the peaceful environment for the smooth operations of the oil multinationals whose proceeds the country cling unto for economic survival, the Niger Delta and the South-South remain the most underdeveloped, with our needs and interests undermined by the failed Nigerian State.”

NDA action comes as Nigeria’s legislature debates the share of oil wealth that will go to communities that host oil and gas installations as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of its petroleum laws.

The communities want a 10% share, rather than the 2.5% currently in the bill.

Recall that NDA, a militant group notorious for attacking oil-producing facilities in the delta publicly announced its existence in March 2016 attacking oil-producing facilities in the delta, causing the shutdown of oil terminals and a fall in Nigeria’s oil production during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure.

The militant group crippled Nigeria’s economy between 2016 and 2018 by attacking oil facilities in the region which plunged the nation into recession.

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